Pass the Pope


"When you walk your steps will not be hampered;

when you run, you will not stumble"

Proverbs 4:12

Faster than the Pastor, A Journey to the Cross is a fresh and relevant community building, evangelization effort and health advocacy initiative, created to bring our faith community together in a way that celebrates and exalts our faith and proclaims the Gospel.


Event #7 Pass the Pope
St Joseph Catholic Community, Waconia

To our top MALE & FEMALE Winners of our 4.12 mile, 2 lap event

Joe Braun of St John the Baptist - 27:06

Julia Waletzco of the Bascilica of St Mary - 27:38

Results - Here is what you must know....OUR GOD IS GREATER!  OUR GOD WILL CONQUER!  OUR GOD IS KING.... I (Pam Baker) felt an overwhelming feeling of being choked by a cloak of evil...seriously friends.  The evil one showed up in a big way because he KNOWS that we have something good.   Where am I going with this...  Results...TOTALLY MESSED UP...please forgive me and share with me your name associated with your number and the approximate time you finished and I will upload as your responses come in!

Here is a quick summary of how I felt choked:

  • Event shirts & bibs delayed in arrival to FRIDAY NIGHT after packet pickup

  • EVENT SOCKS were manufactured WRONG - they were supposed to be ALL RED with white lettering...POPE SOCKS

  • SOCK were held in customs and they kept ⅓ of ALL!!!

  • A BLACK bird flew over our registration table and DROPPED feces on BOTH SETS of registration papers - HOWEVER, a GENTLE BREEZE blew by and pushed the third PLOP an INCH away from our Christ Cross

  • Emails were blocked

  • Facebook PHOTOS would not allow any tags!!!  LOOK AT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TAG YOURSELF!!! THERE are some AWESOME photos!!

  • My computer CRASHED with ALL of the Faster than the Pastor files, plans, history - EVERYTHING....delaying the reveal!!!

Here is where I stop sharing how evil he is and start telling the EVIL one just how GREAT OUR GOD IS!!!!

BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for your support, prayers and understanding.

Let us come together at one of the 6 remaining events this fall - or at the BIG EVENT JULY 14th, 2018!  LET US NEVER BE SILENCED OR STOPPED as...

ALL GLORY IS FOR OUR GREAT GOD!!!! FTTP will continue to PRESS on toward the goal to receive our heavenly prize....






Pass the Pope was the 7th and final event in the series of 7 Faster than the Pastor events.  The event start and finished at St Josephs Catholic Church in Waconia, MN.  


The event course was certified by an agent higher than USATF!  Our events are GOD certified.  Event distance is based on the scripture Proverbs 4:12, making this event a walkable 2 lap course = 4.12 miles (each lap is 2.06 miles)...several took a dispensation asking forgiveness for not being able to complete 2 laps!!!  What a hoot...what a beautiful day it was!!!

This seventh event was unique with many wonderful, faith based adds - participants began with a lovely morning prayer service by St Paul Seminarian Michael Arey, a GREAT Catholic warm up led by the HOLY LAND TRIP WINNER, series participant and St Joseph's parishioner - Tom KONRARDY(watch the reveal video here), a climb to Calvary, and a special event for those who still have energy once they complete the course to take a prayerful walk On the Road to Golgotha that includes Stations of the Cross up Waconia's steepest hill!  



July 14th 2018 for a BIG


Both Archbishop Hebda & Bishop Cozzens are scheduled to attend...

If we have 1000+ participants there will be HOLY LAND RAFFLE!!!


The Little Lambs Mad Dash was a playful obstacle course for kids to run through, jump over, crawl under and giggle! Sending groups of similar aged kids through the course led by older "kids" in waves to ensure their safety!  Playful, fun - faith in ACTION!

Pastors were FREE, so BRING and REGISTER YOUR PASTOR and see just how fast you are.  

Pass the Pope community collection is for their local food shelf. Please consider emptying your pantry, bringing non-perishable items for the Waconia Food Shelf.

Event THEME Song written and produced just for the FTTP Series!

Event Details

Date: July 15th, 2017


St Joseph Catholic

41 E 1st St

Waconia, MN 55387


Registration / Packet Pick-up:

Friday July 14th 4:30-7:30pm

Event Day, 7:00-8:15AM


Event Start Time: 8:30AM


Little Lambs Mad Dash

DJ Party: 10:00AM

Start Time: 10:30AM

Register as an Individual participant - Pass the Pope by July 2nd, 2017 for BEST RATE of $34.95

Register for the Event Series for the most chances to win the trip for two to the Holy Land



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*FTTP Events are not affilliated or sponsored by the Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis, any parish, or any school within the archdiocese.

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